Pasadena, Texas Dentistry:
Dr. Nugent will utilize digital x-rays to examine your teeth and bone structure for decay and pathology. The digital x-rays are faster and use less radiation then old x-ray techniques.
But are X-rays really need and what about the radiation?
Yes, dental x-rays are absolutely needed. Dental x-rays are used to discover decay between teeth, under old fillings and crowns. Also, x-rays are used to evaluate the supporting bone around teeth. Lastly, x-rays can discover dental abscesses, cysts and tumors. Dental X-rays are diagnostic tests that give Dr. Nugent information so she can accurately diagnosis and treat you correctly.
The radiation from dental x-rays is so minimal that doing absolutely nothing people get more than 3 times the level of bite wing x-ray radiation from background radiation EVERY DAY!!!!
Dental radiographs (X-rays) are essential, preventative, diagnostic instruments that provide information that is not visible during a standard dental exam. This information is used by dentists and dental hygienists to detect concealed dental abnormalities and create an accurate treatment plan. Without X-rays, it may be difficult to detect problem areas.
Dental radiographs can reveal:
- Abscess and cysts.
- Loss of bone mass.
- There are both malignant and benign tumors.
- Caries between teeth.
- Developmental disorders.
- Poor positioning of teeth and roots.
- Issues within a tooth or beneath the gingival line.
Early detection and treatment of dental problems can save you time, money, unnecessary discomfort, and even your teeth!
How safe are dental X-rays?
All individuals are exposed to natural radiation in the environment. The radiation exposure from a complete mouth series of X-rays is equivalent to what a person receives from natural sources in a single day.
Dental X-rays emit a minimal amount of radiation and are therefore considered safe. When obtaining dental X-rays, dentists take the necessary precautions to limit the patient’s exposure to radiation. These safeguards include the use of lead apron barriers to protect the body and modern, quick-developing film to reduce the exposure time of each X-ray.
How frequently should dental X-rays be performed?
The necessity of dental X-rays depends on the individual dental health requirements of each patient. Dr. Nugent will recommend any necessary x-rays after reviewing your medical and dental history, dental exam, symptoms, age, and disease risk. Dental X-rays of the entire mouth are recommended for new patients.
Get amazing dentistry at our Pasadena, Texas Dental office. Call us at 713-941-8261.